The EmPower oarlock has been mentioned by NK before, there was even a “dummy” model back at the HOCR showing the concept of the device, but there hadn’t previously been any pictures of the product available – This week NK released a photo of the Empower gate on their “get more speed” GPS Speedcoach facebook page in response to a comment that there was a concern that these new wireless oarlocks would be incompatible with the increasingly more common “rear riggers) – with the photo clearly showing the gate is fine with what looks like the Filippi back riggers, with a comment that they have been working with companies (including Fluid) to make sure it will be compatible with as many boats as possible
As discussed before, NK are in a good position with already having a solid head unit on the market in the NK GPS 2.0 so bringing in a wireless force oarlock would be a clever step by the company and would encourage people already used to using NK equipment to pick NK empower meter over other options. Currently there is no mention of potential release date and price
EDIT – NK have come out with the following comment “we are still working on a few things, but we are working really hard to have them available for the fall season” so It may be the aim will be to try and have the product available for HOCR, which if they manage it would be an excellent launch pad for the product
As a side note (and not specifically aimed at NK) – although it is always good to see that the development of the gate is moving ahead, it is frustrating that information only leaks out in piecemeal like this rather than a more regular update from companies working on these affordable power meters – my experience is there is a lot of interest in these products, and a lot of excitement for when they will finally get to the market – it is appreciated that development of projects like this is complicated and so timelines are difficult to set, but in that case it is better to communicate the difficulties and shifting timelines so that potential customers can shift their expectations.